Map making is both an art and a science. Analytical GIS packages do an excellent job with the science of the map but are a long way from producing the beautiful maps that you see in many high-quality publications. If you want those results, you will need to finish your map in Adobe Illustrator. This course teaches you to use Adobe Illustrator to create high quality, publication-ready maps.
Maps that come straight out of analytical GIS software can look very similar and even "canned". It can be frustrating to create a map with a unique look in GIS, if it is even possible at all. Illustrator will allow you to develop your own distinct and recognizable cartographic style. You should also be able to more effectively and memorably present your analytical results when they are displayed with great-looking cartography.
No prior knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is assumed here. We start at the very beginning. I take you through all the tools, techniques, and methods needed to complete a map.
Heath Robinson received his Ph.D. in geography and geographic information science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His Ph.D. was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.